Motorcycle accidents can be much more serious than car accidents, because there is less protection on a bike than in a car. Cars and other vehicles are much bigger, leading to more severe injuries. Here are five common questions about motorcycle accidents and receiving compensation.
What should I do if I am involved in an accident on my motorcycle?
Treat your motorcycle accident as you would any type of vehicle accident. Get medical treatment for any injuries. Don’t admit fault. Take pictures of the scene. Keep copies of any medical bills and records. Talk to an attorney about your claim.
Can I sue a driver who hit me on my motorcycle if the driver claims he did not see me?
Suing a driver depends on many elements. If the insurance doesn’t cover your medical bills and other expenses, you may be able to sue to get compensation. You should discuss your claim with an attorney to look at who was at fault for the accident and how state law applies to your situation. Finally, if the other driver doesn’t have assets, you may win the lawsuit but not be able to collect any money.
I think I may have been partly to blame for my motorcycle crash. Can I still collect compensation?
There are a lot of factors that come into play that determine whether you can still collect an award for medical bills and damage. It depends on fault laws in the state where the accident occurred. In comparative fault states, you may still receive an award, but the award might be reduced by your percentage at fault.
I was injured in a motorcycle accident, but I wasn’t wearing a helmet. Can I still recover damages from the other driver?
Even if you’re required to wear a helmet under state law, you may still recover damages if you’re in an accident that wasn’t your fault. This depends on state laws. You may want to discuss your claim with a motorcycle accident lawyer.
I haven’t been working since my motorcycle crash. How can I afford to hire a lawyer?
Personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that the lawyer takes your case for a percentage of any compensation you receive. You don’t pay up front. When the insurance company pays the award, your lawyer takes out the firm’s percentage and expenses before you receive your portion. Discuss your case with an attorney, like a motorcycle accident lawyer from Barry P. Goldberg, at no charge to take the best steps for your situation.